A few hours after the spectacular individual race on Friday morning, the mountains at Piancavallo welcomed the cream of the crop of Ski Mountaineering for the sprint race that drew the curtain on the two-day event at the border between the two regions of Veneto and Friuli. The Sprint Race was the second to last event of the ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup. The next week will see the long distance couple race take place.

Today, in the Piancavallo Ski Area it was the turn of the “jet racers” to compete in the quest for the first place: the Italian specialist Robert Antonioli and the French ace Laetitia Roux won the races.
As regards the Junior race, the Swiss Thomas Corthay finished ahead of two Italians, Nicolò Canclini and Davide Magnini. Among the women Adèle Milloz (France) was the fastest, finishing before her fellow countrywoman Lena Bonnel and Giulia Compagnoni (Italy).
At the end of the youth challenges, the qualifiers defined the best athletes to access the final race. Once again, World Champion Robert Antonioli, in an irresistible display of speed and prowess, had the better of Iwan Arnold (Switzerland) and Anton Palzer (Germany). The top five finishers included William Bon Mardion (France) and Andréas Steindl (Swizerland).
Among the women there were no surprises, with the usual Laetitia Roux stashing away more precious point and finishing first ahead of the Spaniard Marta Farres Garcia and the emerging Italian talent Alba De Silvestro. Marianne Fatton (Switzerland) grabbed a remarkable fourth place and the other Spaniard, Nahia Altuna Quincoces, finished fifth.
In the Espoir category Anton Palzer was victorious ahead of Nadir Maquet and Frenchman Carl Frison-Roche. Among the women, Alba De Silvestro (Italy) stepped on the highest place of the podium, followed by Marienne Fatton and Deborah Chiarello, both from Switzerland.
As regards the individual ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup tests, the finals are scheduled to take place in the second half of March (March 18th to 20th) at Prato Nevoso, Italy. The programme includes the Individual, Vertical and Sprint Race.

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In the women race Laetitia Roux completed her comeback over Jennifer Fiechter. After several seasons the Valtellina Orobie is back among the great worldwide ski mountaineering events as second appointment of the 2016 ISMF World Cup. The 30th edition featured an unusual start and finish to be crossed on foot. The athletes of the individual event have had to prove their worth on a track with 1750 m of positive altitude difference, 5 uphill stretches, 5 slopes, 11 set-up changes, open ridges and spectacular downhill chase-downs. The little snow that fell so far this winter had made these parts all the more athletically challenging. On his home mountains Michele Boscacci has attempted since the very start to win the race; he lived the dream and gave hope to his fans for three quarters of the race, before Kilian Jornet caught up and got the better of him. After a spectacular head-to-head, the two came together at the finish line in Campelli, a few kilometres from Albosaggia. The winner was declared by photo finish and then using the chip. Jornet finished the race in 1h, 35’28”609, Boscacci in 1h 35’28”690. Anton Palzer, the first among the Espoir, came third in 1h 35’56”, followed by a steadily and progressively growing Robert Antonioli. The top ten also included Xavier Gachet (FRA), Valentin Favre (FRA), Mathéo Jacquemoud (FRA), Martin Anthamatten (SUI), Matteo Eydallin and Alexis Sevennec (FRA). The women – and junior men – race comprised 4 uphill and as many downhill stretches (1315 D+ 1315D-). As for the women the French Laetitia Roux got her first success. The queen of ski mountaineering was restored to her throne ending the race first in 1h 42’30” before her Swiss rival Jennifer Fiechter - 1h 44’59” – and the Swede Emelie Forsberg – 1h 46’51”. Worth reporting is that Forsberg lost the second place after a time penalty: incorrect position of her skis in the bag. The Spaniard Claudia Galicia finished fourth before the azzurra Katia Tomatis; then, Valentine (France), Martina Valmassoi (Italy), Mireia Mirò and Marta Garcia (Spain) and the young – and first among the Espoir – Alba De Silvestro (Italy). In the Junior race Italy conquered the first two spots with Davide Magnini e Giulia Compagnoni; after 3 uphill and 3 downhill stretches (990 D+ 990 D-), the podium was completed by Lena Bonnel (France) and the local favourite Giulia Murada. As regards the men podium, the French Samuel Equy finished second and Nicolò Canclini won the bronze medal. Tomorrow the World Cup circus will be back on track at the Centro Sportivo Caspoggio with the Sprint event. Photo Gallery HD https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxbuxds-oXM6aENMQ0FIa3E3U2c&usp=sharing Online on ISMF website : http://ismf-ski.org/www/content/races-result?id=152 All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on http://ismf-ski.org/ismf2011/rankings.php